Jesus overcame death, bringing new life to His love.
Move over Nicholas Sparks, your books don’t hold a candle to the greatest love story of all time… the Gospel. The Gospel is God’s love story. Much like a knight in shining armor, Jesus left the splendor of heaven and stepped into our mess. Why? To fight for us.
Unlike fairy tales, Jesus didn’t slay the dragon, He allowed the dragon to inflict on Him the most horrific death ever invented—crucifixion. And for three full, horrific days, it seemed like darkness won. But, one bright Sunday morning the tomb was found vacant, and the grave clothes, empty. Jesus overcame death, bringing new life to His love.
Why does this matter? Let this truth resonate deep inside your soul:
There was a choice… Jesus made it.
There was a burden… Jesus took it.
There was a problem… Jesus solved it.
Jesus willingly went to the cross to die… for you. He experienced unbelievable suffering and shame all with one purpose in mind: to deliver you.
As Ephesians 5:25-26 plainly states, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” That’s you and that’s me—the Bride of Christ. He “gave himself up” for us. Jesus’ sacrificial love defines the word “cherished” and stands as God’s expectation for how a man should treat one of His daughters. Stop and really read that Scripture. Pause. Believe. The God of the Universe said with outstretched arms that you were “worth dying for.” Believing this truth transforms everything…
How you see yourself…
How you treat yourself…
How you view purity…
How you date…
And most importantly, who you marry…
I should know… because God’s love story, the Gospel, transformed everything about me.
Before Christ delivered me, I was a young woman living in the party scene, searching for love in the empty world of hook-ups. I didn’t see myself as cherished. Back then I masked my pain and emptiness with alcohol, pretending to myself and to others that I was okay. In reality, my soul was a gaping hole aching to be filled. I tried everything… substances, attention, shopping, accolades… you name it; I tried them all. My problem was one common to the human condition—no one could fill the emptiness in my soul that longed for love.
Until I met Jesus, that is.
Jesus. Oh, how I love Him. By reconciling us to God the Father through His sacrificial death, He rescued us from that horrible emptiness and insecurity of life without Him. As. C.S. Lewis so brilliantly observed:
God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there.
Finally reconciled to our Life-Source, our frantic search for love and for an identity is answered. We can stop searching. In relationship with Jesus, our heart’s hunger for love is met. Not only does Jesus forgive us, but He also heals us of all the self-inflicted pain accumulated in vainly searching for love apart from Him. But most importantly, he transforms us—by His love—a love that says we are worth dying for.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together—Colossians 1:13-17.
Questions to ponder:
1. According to this scripture, to what did Jesus come to deliver us?
2. According to verse 14, what is true about us because of this deliverance?
3. What do you lean about Jesus according to verse 15 and 16?
4. How has Jesus personally delivered you? And how can you praise Him as your Deliverer?